Graduate recruitment boost thanks to Worcestershire County Council grants

A number of graduates have been hired in recent months thanks to grants from Worcestershire County Council that were launched to help businesses recover from the effects of COVID-19.

Among those graduates is Emily Bratt, who recently received a first-class degree in Geography from the University of Worcester and has since been hired by local tech start-up, DronePrep.

Based on Malvern Hills Science Park, and part of Worcestershire’s Technology Accelerator, BetaDen, DronePrep offers technology and consultancy services to allow drone pilots to search for landowners to find places to fly responsibly.

Despite needing Emily’s skills, the DronePrep team could not afford to employ her full time until they discovered Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help Graduate Development grant.

The company was awarded £10,000 which has resulted in Emily being offered a full-time position that involves working on several projects for NHS medical drone delivery trials throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Economy and Infrastructure, said: “DronePrep is a great example of how we can support local businesses to help create jobs even during this difficult period.

“I would encourage those looking to hire a graduate to consider the Here2Help Graduate Development grant, which has enabled numerous businesses across the county to create brand new opportunities for several talented young individuals.”

Claire Owen, Co-founder of DronePrep, said: “We knew Emily would be a valuable asset to our company but as a very early stage start-up we wouldn’t have been able to offer her full-time employment without the support from Worcestershire County Council. Emily is a perfect fit for our company, and we are incredibly grateful for the timing of the grant.”

DronePrep is currently involved in numerous ground-breaking projects that will involve working with some of the leading industry specialists in a fast-growing sector.

The Graduate Development grant is one of many initiatives run up by Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help Business Programme.

Set up in response to the pandemic to improve business productivity and increase local employment opportunities, the grant covers 50% of the graduate’s salary costs for a one-year period, up to a maximum of £10,000 with the remaining 50% to be provided by the SME.

To find out more information on the grants available to support your business, speak with Worcestershire Business Central who can signpost you to access the best support for your business.